EU video promoting anti-racist message criticized for being racist itself

According to CNN, a video released by the European Union last week promoting an anti-racist message had to be pulled because there were accusations that the ad itself was racist.

According to the article, the ad features:

A white woman wearing a yellow track suit, like that of the Uma Thurman character The Bride in Tarantino’s two-part kung-fu fest “Kill Bill.”

Standing alone in an abandoned train station, she is threatened first by an east Asian karate master, then a scimitar-wielding turbaned Arab, and finally a bare-chested, dreadlocked black man.

She calmly duplicates herself 11 times and surrounds her three attackers, prompting them to stop threatening her and sit cross-legged as the 12 track-suited white women do the same. The entire scene then morphs into the European Union flag, her track suits becoming the flag’s 12 yellow stars.

The most popular comment about the ad was “no other race can challenge ‘white supremacy’?”

EU spokesman Peter Stano said the video was not intended to be racist. It was intended to be aimed at 16-26 year olds “who understand the plots and themes of martial arts films and video games,” he said.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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